Name: Alexandra Stephenson
Location: North Carolina (just outside of Raleigh)
Children: Hayden (6), Katie (4) and Logan (2)
Online Home: kinderpendent
kinderpendent is a blog practically hot off the presses at only 2-months old but it's already a go-to site for many families looking for inspiration on raising creatively independent children. Geared towards creative parents with a passion for independent design kinderpendent celebrates kid art, music, handmade things, and modern design.
Alexandra believes "creativity is a vital part of the success of a child's future. Society thrives on innovative people who can think outside of the box, create new ideas, and make a difference. We craft in our home to encourage our kids to be those creative, innovative people our world craves." We wanted to know more so we asked Alexandra a few questions.
How did you come up with your blog's name?
Kinderpendent is a combination of 'kinder' + 'independent'. It makes me think of my headstrong, independence-loving kiddos, though I originally chose it for my love of independent design for kids. It works both ways.
What made you start kinderpendent?
I created it as a way to share my ideas on how to teach and inspire kids through the use of art and play.
What are your favorite things to post on?
I like to focus on creative, kid-centered entertainment: kid crafts, ideas for play, and the occasional "adult-assembly required" tutorial (though I typically like to find a way to include the kiddos in those too).
How often do you post? Any tips on managing your time?
I try to have a new post up everyday, which, with three kids ... that doesn't always happen! I do not claim to be any sort of expert of time management, but if being a mom has taught me anything, it is that having a general plan is crucial. Running a website or not, I think for the sake of sanity you need an idea of what you want to accomplish with your day. Of course, some days are much more ambitious than others.
What's your family's favorite rainy day thing to do?
The kids and I have a really fun rainy day tradition of building a massive living room fort made from sheets, blankets, pillows, and stuffed animal friends. I'm always invited in to read some stories, but they really just love crawling in and out, and of course, dragging all of their toys out of their rooms to play with inside their new space. The tradition began nearly 3 years ago, and still proves to be a fresh, fun idea each time we're stuck indoors.
Where do you go in the blogosphere for inspiration?
I tend to jump around between favorite blogs, but here are a few that always remain on the top of my list:
ohdeedoh, of course!
little miss heirlooms
Thank you Alexandra!
Read more about Alexandra, her kinderpendent children and their creative pursuits at, well, kinderpendent!
(Images: Alexandra Stephenson)